BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE MUSICAL THEATER WARM-UP IDEAS

Below is one, “base,” version of my intermediate musical theatre center warmup. I often use this as a foundation and add more nuanced details to it, based on the focus of the class or choreography. It’s always important to remember to include a solid technical warmup which progresses from your beginning level fundamentals. It is also important to include stylistic, cross-training and performance elements into your class. This will continue to build a dancer’s technique and theatre jazz vernacular, while building strength, flexibility and performance chops.....

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CRITICAL COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This is a follow up article to  “Sometimes You Don’t Have All the Answers, and That’s Ok!” I recommend that you read that article first before you read this one. As the theories and principles in this article will make more sense. They both work together and will help you when you are hit with a crisis.

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ASSEMBLING YOUR DREAM TEAM DANCE FACULTY

Everyone is replaceable. That's the truth. We gently remind our dancers of this during their training so they realize that without professionalism, dedication, a good attitude, hard work and consistent practice there is always someone with equal or greater talent waiting in the wings. The same goes for any industry really, even our dance faculty....


 

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THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR DANCERS MOVING FORWARD

As we emerge from COVID-19 and embark on our, “new normal,” we are all looking forward to being back together in the studio, however different it may look. While Zoom classes were a lifesaver, a “filler,” to keep our students dance education going, we need to still be aware that we are far from what was. 

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BRINGING DIVERSTIY TO YOUR DANCE CURRICULUM

Ballet. Tap. Jazz. That's the very basic core curriculum for many dance studios. While a well-rounded dance education is key for nurturing a well-rounded dancer, many times the idioms included in their training lack cultural diversity. Including multicultural dance in such genres as African, Afro-Jazz, Indian, Latin, etc., to just name a few, will transform a dancer’s education and begin to create awareness on a social level. By making multicultural dance a priority, we open the eyes of young dancers who may never have been exposed to it in the first place, while learning about the history of its origins. This is a changing world and the dance world is no exception. We need to get up to speed, starting with our youngest students....

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HOW TO PROMOTE HEALTHY COMPETITION & CAMARADERIE EQUALLY

In a time when we are trying to promote unity and fair play, consideration and support, an end to bullying and equality among ALL of our children, the idea of our dance students “competing amongst one another” is a tricky concept. The world has come to a place where every child is rewarded just for doing their best and “everyone is a winner,” which is by all means a wonderful approach to building a child’s self-esteem. However, there is the other side of the coin where parents and teachers alike must prepare children for what the real world is really like, especially if that child has aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. Unfortunately, no one is going to give you a trophy or an “A for effort” at an audition for a Broadway show or ballet company just because you attended. Harsh reality??..... Yes. True reality……Also yes.

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8 QUESTIONS TO BUILDING AN EFFECTIVE SUMMER INTENSIVE

Lining up your summer intensive schedule can be as daunting as your yearly schedule as there is a lot to include in a condensed amount of time. With the addition of Covid-19 to consider, there are even more things think about. With so many balls up in the air, it’s important that you sit down and really consider what the most important elements are that you wish to include in your program, (whether you're having it in the studio or virtually this year.) Here’s a little help when considering the design of your summer program.....

 

 

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TECHNOLOGY IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEMORY

I have a new rule in class- you are not allowed to bring in your phones to video a rehearsal while learning choreography. This hasn’t always been the case, in fact videoing is in fact quite helpful (for myself included) but this trend stops now.
Why, you ask? Well, what I’ve been finding is that particularly the younger dancers were coming back into class the following week having not remembered a single thing. Their first notion, “If I look at my phone I’ll remember that part.” Yeah, no, no, no, no.....no.

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TWO SIMPLE EXERCISES TO ENHANCE PORT DE BRAS

We all come across dance students that lack the strength and flexibility to sustain a proper port de bras position. Whether it be the non-engagement of the shoulders and back, not pulling up, the drooping elbows or the sole initiation from the arms, there are simple exercises which can help develop the surrounding muscles and build both strength and flexibility in conjunction with proper technical training and observation....

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THE DANCE TEACHER EVALUATION

So another season is just about in the books. We believe this is a good time of year to reflect back over the past twelve months to see what we were able to accomplish not only in our work lives but also personally. I like to look over all my class notes and see if I am on target as far as how much I have been able to teach my students. At the beginning of the school year I make my class plans and set goals for myself with timelines so that I am able to give my students as much information as possible during the year.

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How to Manage Your Customers Moving Forward Seminar Replay

Here is a replay of the great seminar by Steve Sirico, Angela D'Valda Sirico and Robert Landau... Enjoy!

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JOIN AN ELITE GROUP OF DANCE STUDIO OWNERS

Imagine every month having the opportunity to work one on one with a business coach that understands what you are dealing with on a day to day basis. With the Dance Teacher Web VIP program, you have the chance to work with a successful dance studio owner for a 20-minute call each month to help you solve your most pressing issues, help you create new revenue generating programs, share the latest in new marketing ideas and more!

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TAKE A BREATH: BREATHING IMPROVISATION FOR DANCING & DE-STRESSING

You have probably spoken with your dancers at length about how to find the calm in the eye of this storm we are enduring. Even young children and adolescents are dealing with the emotional and psychological ramifications of Covid-19. We, as dance educators can use movement and our bodies to help students find a catharsis of releasing fear, stress and anxiety they may be unable to verbalize.You have probably spoken with your dancers at length about how to find the calm in the eye of this storm we are enduring. Even young children and adolescents are dealing with the emotional and psychological ramifications of Covid-19. We, as dance educators can use movement and our bodies to help students find a catharsis of releasing fear, stress and anxiety they may be unable to verbalize.You have probably spoken with your dancers at length about how to find the calm in the eye of this storm we are enduring. Even young children and adolescents are dealing with the emotional and psychological ramifications of Covid-19. We, as dance educators can use movement and our bodies to help students find a catharsis of releasing fear, stress and anxiety they may be unable to verbalize.....

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CONDUCTING PRODUCTIVE FACULTY MEETINGS VIA ZOOM

Studio owners, how often do you and your staff/faculty partake in studio staff meetings? Do you have a regimented protocol to keep abreast of the things currently going on and projections as such? If not, there are a million reasons to add these studio “touch-bases” to your agenda. Especially now when we are socially distanced, trying to maintain some normalcy and communication between faculty is paramount.

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FUN, BEGINNER MOVEMENT SENTENCE LESSON PLAN!

Here’s a wonderful lesson plan for your beginner students which is fun, encourages creativity, literacy, free-movement and choreographic voice.....

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